Unlicensed Butler Massage Therapist Arrested for Rape

Wednesday afternoon, detectives from the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne Post concluded a criminal investigation of a local massage business in Butler, which resulted in the owner being arrested on a charge of rape.

Arrested was James (Jim) Whitman (57) of Butler, Indiana. He was arrested and charged with Rape, a Level 3 Felony

The Indiana State Police began investigating Butler Creative Touch Massage in Butler after a female made an allegation of non-consensual sexual activity when she was receiving a massage earlier this month. 

During the investigation another female came forward to provide information that she experienced a similar event at the Butler Creative Touch Massage 2 years prior. 

Detectives conducted a consensual interview with the owner/massage therapist Whitman, the alleged perpetrator of the sexual activity.

The investigation showed that Whitman has practiced massage therapy for over 10 years in Butler. 

He is not licensed through the State of Indiana, but holds a certificate from the Center for Vital Living School of Massage Therapy.  

The complete investigation was turned over to the DeKalb County Prosecutor’s office for review, who in turn was then able to secure an arrest warrant for Whitman.

Whitman was taken into custody by ISP detectives around 3:30pm Wednesday afternoon without incident.  He was transported to the DeKalb County Jail where he was booked into custody and awaits an initial hearing.

The Indiana State Police was assisted in this investigation by the Auburn Police Department, Butler Police Department, and the DeKalb County Prosecutor’s Office.

*All criminal suspects are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Washington County Political Filings – 1-22-20

The following have filed and been certified to run in the upcoming May 5 Primary election. 

Washington County Clerk

 

Washington County Treasurer

Shirley Batt – Democrat

Washington County Commissioner – District 1

Phil Marshall – Republican 

Washington County Commissioner – District 3

Rick Roberts – Republican 

Washington County Coroner

Peg Shell – Republican 

Steven A. Tye – Republican

Precinct Committeemen, Salem 1

Danny R. Libka – Republican

State Convention Delegate, At-Large

Ken Armstrong – Republican

Precinct Committeemen, Posey

Ken Armstrong – Republican

Precinct Committeemen, Jackson

Tonya Deremiah – Republican

State Convention Delegate, At-Large

Tara Coats Hunt – Republican

Precinct Committeemen, Washington 3

Tara Coats Hunt – Republican

State Convention Delegate, At-Large

Stephanie K. Rockey – Republican

Jimmy (JD) Rockey – Republican

Here is a list of offices open for election in the Primary and General elections this year:

Primary 2020
Clerk
Treasurer
Coroner
Surveyor
Commissioner- Dist. 1
Commissioner- Dist. 3
County Council- At Large- 3 seats
Rep. Precinct Committeemen
Rep. State Delegates- 9 delegates- At- Large
Dem. State Delegates- 7 delegates- At-Large
Congressional District 9
Representative, District 73

General Election 2020
Governor
Town of Pekin
Council, At-large- 2 positions
Town of Campbellsburg
Council, At-large- 2 positions
Salem Community Schools, At-Large- 4 positions
East Washington School Corp.- 2 positions: Polk and Town of Pekin
West Washington School Corp.- 3 positions: Madison, Posey, & Vernon Township

Local candidates will file with the county clerk’s office in the Washington County Justice Center. 

Filing will remain open until 12:00 pm local time on Friday, February 7, 2020.

Judge Orders Emergency Hearing Feb. 4 For Mayor Green

Washington Circuit Court Judge Larry Medlock has set an emergency order for a hearing to sort out several motions filed by Mayor Justin Green in his ongoing battle against former Mayoral candidate who has questioned his legitimacy to be mayor.

Green’s attorney, Larry Wilder, filed several motions on January 21.

Wilder requested the Court conduct an Emergency Hearing on his request for an Immediate Motion to Quash Non-Party Subpoenas; Motion for Finding of Contempt and his request for Attorney Fees. 

Medlock approved the order on the same day and set the emergency hearing for February 4 at 3p.

In December, Medlock set two dates for a trial to settle the issue of whether or not Mayor Green can serve as Salem’s first Republican Mayor in 34 years.

Trial dates were set for Feb. 27 and 28 2020 as a result of the Democratic candidate in the Nov. 5 election William “Bill” Ackerman’s November 18 suit that alleges Green wasn’t a resident of Salem and therefore not eligible to run in the election for mayor. 

Green lives at 509 East Tucker Street in Salem but also owns property east of Salem, outside the city limits.

Twice in 2019, the local Democratic party challenged that Green didn’t live in the City of Salem election district.

However, Washington County Clerk Stephanie Rockey said Green was certified to run in the 2019 General election and beat Ackerman by 572 votes. 

Ackerman is being represented by former Washington County Democratic Chair and attorney Doug Leatherbury. 

WSLM’s 6th Annual Prom Dress Giveaway Feb. 9

If you’re doing some spring cleaning and find some old prom dresses, shoes, and purses – don’t throw them out. You can donate your “gently used” prom dresses and accessories to the 6th Annual WSLM SAY YES TO THE PROM DRESS event set for Sunday, Feb 9 from 1-3p at Salem High School.

WSLM RADIO is collecting prom dresses and gowns as well as all accessories — purses, shoes, gloves, jewelry and hair accessories — for the upcoming event for girls in the WSLM listening area. 

There will be dresses from a variety of department stores as well as items donated from individuals all over Kentuckiana. 

“Prom season is upon us and I want all the girls in the Kentuckiana area to experience the prom,” said White. “They can use the money they would normally spend on a dress for other things.”

The event is free and open to teen girls in the Kentuckiana area.

“We have many beautiful dresses that are new or gently used items that have been donated. They will help make your prom night affordable and unforgettable,” said White. “This year’s event will be held at Salem High School to accommodate more people.”

WSLM won the Indiana Broadcasters Association Cardinal Community Service Award in 2018 for the event among all radio stations in the 9th Congressional District. The event began in 2015. 

The event has collected over $20,000 worth of dresses and accessories and has given away more than half of that to girls in the Kentuckiana area. 

For more information about donating items, call 812.883.3401 or 812.620.7271 or email at [email protected] to make arrangements to have your items picked up or you can arrange to drop your items to WSLM RADIO, 1308 East Hackberry Street during regular business hours. 

 

Salem Man Arrested on Drug and Animal Cruelty Charges

Lawrence County Sheriffs Department deputies arrested 20-year-old Noah Dotts, of Salem, formerly of Bedford, on Saturday after a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of cruelty to animals and torturing/mutilating an animal, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a Superior Court probable cause affidavit, on April 30th around 6:16 p.m. Bedford Police officers were called to the storage units in the 3100 block of P Street after a report of multiple dogs being locked inside of a storage unit.

When officers arrived they spoke to a male reporting he could hear the dogs barking inside of unit 87.

When Officer Clint Swanson approached the unit “I could hear barking and squealing from unit 87.”

Offices Swanson alerted animal control.

Bedford Police officer Sgt. Jesse Crane arrived with bolt cutters and they attempted to open the unit.

“Sgt Crane and I could not get the bolt cutters around the lock,” Swanson wrote. “I got a crowbar out of my patrol vehicle and physically bent the latches on the door until Sgt. Crane could get the bolt cutters around the lock. Once the lock was removed Sgt Crane stood by with the door cracked while waiting on animal control to arrive on the scene. An excessive amount of heat was exiting the crack in the door along with the odor of feces. The storage unit did not have any form of ventilation, windows or any AC unit.”

While waiting for animal control Sgt. Crane cracked the door and they could see multiple adult dogs, puppies and blood all over the floor of the storage unit.

Officers and animal control removed 8 adult dogs and 9 puppies. One of the adult dogs was injured and bleeding.

“One brown adult canine was hurt extremely bad and bleeding, As officers attempted to get the dog to stand it couldn’t. Officers had to physically pull the dog over to a blanket and carry it to the animal control truck. Each dog removed from the storage unit appeared to be malnourished and you could see their ribs bones and the hip bones of each canine. Officers were unable to locate any source of food or water for the canines inside the storage unit,” Officer Swanson wrote.

While removing the dogs, officers located a metal smoking device, and a small container covered in black duct tape the container contained meth.

Officers later determined the storage unit was being rented by Noah Dotts. Officers contacted him and requested he come to the department to speak to officers. Dotts told police he was in Evansville and would come to the station when he was back in town. 

A warrant was issued for Dotts arrest.

Hitchhiker Arrested after Pursuit in Stolen Truck

An Indianapolis man was arrested for Vehicle Theft and other charges after leading police on a 20-mile pursuit in Scott and Jackson Counties Monday evening.

Shortly before 7 pm Monday, the driver of a white, 1994 Chevrolet log truck pulled into the Taco Bell in Scottsburg for a dinner break.  The driver left the vehicle running with the keys still in the ignition.  A few minutes later, the owner realized the truck was missing from the parking lot and spotted the vehicle northbound on I-65. 

Indiana State Troopers soon located the vehicle and attempted to stop the truck near the Austin exit; however, the driver failed to pull over and continued northbound.  Troopers continued to follow the truck, which at one time appeared to be stopping at the Exit 41 ramp, but then continued north.  The truck eventually stopped at the bottom of the Seymour ramp at Exit 50 when Seymour City Officers assisted Troopers. 

The driver, Robert Lee Coffee, 29, of Indianapolis, was taken into custody and transported to the Scott County Jail without further incident.  He was charged with Auto Theft – Level 6 Felony, Theft Above $750 – Level 6 Felony, Resisting Law Enforcement – Level 6 Felony, and Reckless Driving – Class C Misdemeanor.   Information gathered in the investigation lead officers to believe Coffee was hitchhiking from Bowling Green, Kentucky, and stole the vehicle when he was unable to obtain a ride to Indianapolis. 

The log truck was returned to the owner without damage. 

Troopers were assisted by officers from the Seymour City Police Department, the Crothersville Police Department, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, and Indiana State Police Versailles District Troopers. 

Governor Holcomb Files for Reelection

Makes 2020 Ballot with Signatures Collected from All 92 Counties

Today, Governor Eric Holcomb officially filed his candidacy for reelection as Indiana’s governor, filing petition signatures from Hoosiers in all of Indiana’s 92 counties to earn a place on the 2020 ballot.

“Indiana is on a roll and we’re not taking our foot off the gas,” said Governor Holcomb. “While the names on the ballot will be Suzanne’s and mine, we’re representing a statewide team that is mobilized, energized and organized for victory in Indiana. Teamwork will bring home the checkered flag on Election Day and teamwork will ensure we’re Putting People First for four more years.”

To make a gubernatorial primary ballot in Indiana, candidates are required to collect 500 signatures from registered voters in each of Indiana’s nine congressional districts. Governor Holcomb’s campaign collected more than 9,000 signatures by October 2019 – double the requirement – which is the fastest signature collection in recent memory. The campaign then filed the signatures with Clerks of Circuit Courts at courthouses and government offices in every Indiana county on January 8 and 9, the first two days of local signature filing.

The announcement follows news last week that Governor Holcomb closed out 2019 in a record financial position, with $7.25 million cash on hand. This is more than any previous Indiana governor’s cash on hand going into their reelection year. His campaign account, combined with the accounts of Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Republican Party, ended the year with $8.61 million cash-on-hand – also topping historical benchmarks for this point in the gubernatorial cycle.

“Hoosiers like what they see from Governor Eric Holcomb,” said Kyle Hupfer, Eric Holcomb for Indiana campaign manager. “His people-centered approach has brought together unprecedented support from across the state – from fundraising to signature collection and beyond. And it’s that support that will propel Governor Holcomb to four more years.”

Scott County Inmate Roster – 1-21-20

 
 
Inmates booked into the Detention Center within the last 24 hours.
 
BROOKS, SHELLE
Booking #:
SCJAIL:2020-000098
Booking Date:
01-21-2020 – 3:10 am
Charges:
IC 35-48-4-1.1(A)FL5 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINE
IC 35-48-4-6.1(A)FL6 ~ POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE
IC 35-48-4-13(b)FL6 ~ MAINTAINING A COMMON NUISANCE
IC 35-48-4-8.3(A)MA ~ POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA
IC 35-48-4-11(A)MB ~ POSSESSION MARIJUANA/HASH OIL/HASHISH OR SALVIA
IC 35-48-4-6(B)FL6 ~ POSSESSION OF COCAINE OR SCHEDULE I OR II NARCOTIC DRUG

BREEDING, AMBER
Booking #:
SCJAIL:2020-000097
Booking Date:
01-21-2020 – 2:48 am
Charges:
IC 35-48-4-13(A)MB ~ VISITING A COMMON NUISANCE
IC 35-48-4-11(A)MB ~ POSSESSION MARIJUANA/HASH OIL/HASHISH OR SALVIA

ELLIS, DEREK
Booking #:
SCJAIL:2020-000096
Booking Date:
01-20-2020 – 10:59 pm
Charges:
IC 35-48-4-1.1(E)FL2 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINE – AT LEAST TEN GRAMS
IC 35-48-4-6.1(D)FL3 ~ POSSESSION METHAMPHETAMINE – AT LEAST 28 GRAMS
IC 35-48-4-11(A)MB ~ POSSESSION MARIJUANA/HASH OIL/HASHISH OR SALVIA

BELL, TYESHA
Booking #:
SCJAIL:2020-000095
Booking Date:
01-20-2020 – 10:57 pm
Charges:
IC 35-48-4-1.1(A)FL5 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINE
IC 35-48-4-6.1(A)FL6 ~ POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE
IC 35-48-4-11(A)MB ~ POSSESSION MARIJUANA/HASH OIL/HASHISH OR SALVIA

COFFEE, ROBERT
Booking #:
SCJAIL:2020-000094
Booking Date:
01-20-2020 – 8:08 pm
Charges:
IC 35-43-4-2.5(B)FL6 ~ AUTO THEFT
IC 35-44.1-3-1(B)(1)FL6 ~ RESISTING LAW ENFORCEMENT – USES VEHICLE OR DRAWS ORUSES DEADLY WEAPON
IC 9-21-8-52 ~ RECKLESS DRIVING
IC 35-43-4-2(A)(1)(A)FL6 ~ THEFT – GREATER THAN $750 LT $50,000

DAVIS, WILLIAM
Booking #:
SCJAIL:2020-000093
Booking Date:
01-20-2020 – 6:08 pm
Charges:
IC 35-44.1-3-4(C)FL6 ~ ESCAPE; FAILURE TO RETURN TO LAWFUL DETENTION

JEWELL, LONNIE
Booking #:
SCJAIL:2020-000091
Release Date:
01-20-2020 – 5:51 pm
Booking Date:
01-20-2020 – 3:42 pm
Charges:
IC 35-43-4-2(A)MA ~ THEFT — LESS THAN $750

 
Inmates released from the Detention Center within the last 24 hours.
 
JEWELL, LONNIE
Booking #:
SCJAIL:2020-000091
Release Date:
01-20-2020 – 5:51 pm
Booking Date:
01-20-2020 – 3:42 pm
Charges:
IC 35-43-4-2(A)MA ~ THEFT — LESS THAN $750

BAKER, TRAVIS
Booking #:
SCJAIL:2019-001003
Release Date:
01-20-2020 – 4:20 pm
Booking Date:
08-22-2019 – 1:47 am
Charges:
IC 35-48-4-1.1(C)FL4 ~ DEALING IN METHAMPHETAMINE – AT LEAST ONE GRAM LT FIVE GRAMS

BREEDING, AMBER
Booking #:
SCJAIL:2020-000053
Release Date:
01-20-2020 – 4:20 pm
Booking Date:
01-13-2020 – 3:48 pm
Charges:
IC 35-43-4-2(A)MA ~ THEFT — LESS THAN $750

KEMP, MATTHEW
Booking #:
SCJAIL:2020-000071
Release Date:
01-20-2020 – 11:51 am
Booking Date:
01-14-2020 – 10:35 pm
Charges:
IC 35-48-4-11(A)MB ~ POSSESSION MARIJUANA/HASH OIL/HASHISH OR SALVIA

HOWARD, LESTER
Booking #:
SCJAIL:2019-000851
Release Date:
01-20-2020 – 8:05 am
Booking Date:
07-23-2019 – 11:00 am
Charges:
SERVING TIME ~ SERVING TIME

40-Year-Old Jeffersonville Mother Arrested after leaving Children Unattended in Car

A Jeffersonville woman was arrested on Sunday evening for Neglect of a Dependent after leaving her ten-year-old and five-year-old children alone in a car while shopping at an area Wal-Mart. 

On January 19, 2020, around 8:37 pm, Trooper Justin Geltmaker responded to the Wal-Mart on Grant Line Road in New Albany after a concerned citizen reported two young children left unattended in a parked car.  

When Trooper Geltmaker arrived, he was flagged down and alerted to the vehicle, a red, Chevrolet Malibu, which was not running. 

Trooper Geltmaker advised the temperature was near 37 degrees at the time, and the local weather service advised a “real feel” of 28 degrees. 

Based on information gathered in his investigation, Trooper Geltmaker believed the children were left unattended for a minimum of 15 minutes before the police were notified.     

When Geltmaker approached the vehicle he could see two small children in the back seat, one of which was still secured in a car seat. 

Trooper Geltmaker said he spoke with the children who advised their mother, Nashunda S. Greene, 40, Jeffersonville, IN, was inside the store shopping. 

An assisting New Albany Police Officer then went into the store to have the mother paged.  Greene was taken into custody when she arrived back at the vehicle. 

The children were turned over to the custody of their father at the conclusion of the investigation. 

Trooper Geltmaker was assisted by the New Albany Police Department and Trooper Jared Ferguson.